Ellaville Florida -Ghost Town

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Ellaville was once a booming town during the 1800′s. The town was established in the 1860′s by Gov. George Drew , who also owned the sawmill.  The Drew mansion was built in the late 1860′s and after many years of neglect burned to the ground in 1970.  Today you can explore the remains of the abandoned bridge, Railroad Bridge, Sawmill, a few old buildings and the Suwannee River Store.

 

Florida Governor DrewFlorida Governor George Drew

 

Drew Saw Mill

In 1869 in George Drew and Louis Bucki of New York he built a new mill at Ellaville Florida.

The location was ideal since they could use the Withlahochee and Suwannee River to carry the logs to the mill.

from Taplines.com Drew Sawmill Sawmill 1922 Sawmill 1884 Log boom near covered bridge at confluence of Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers - Ellaville, Florida 187?

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The Rise and Fall of the Drew Mansion

 

 

1880

1880

1890

1890

1923

1923

1935

1935

 

1955

1955

1955

1959

1959

1960

1960

1966

1966

Remaining Well

drew mansion2

Interior about 1960s

drew 196

196?

1950 drew mansion

The Bridges of Ellaville

Hillman Bridge

Hillman Bridge

View from Hillman Bridge

View from Hillman Bridge

1880

1880

Covered Bridge- between 1880-1890

Covered Bridge- between 1880-1890

Covered Bridge at confluence of Suwannee and Withlacooshee Rivers

Covered Bridge at confluence of Suwannee and Withlacooshee Rivers

1920

1920

1920

1920

ge0863 Group at Suwannee River Park 1935 pr76060a suwannee river bridge Suwannee River, looking downstream towards highway bridge at Branford - 12 miles below 'Split Jacket Shoals.' Length of bridge 300 feet. April 1, 1924, water-level above normal.

Verdi O'Hara Lawrence -Hillman Bridge

Verdi O’Hara Lawrence -Hillman Bridge

 

 

People of Early Ellaville

George Drew

George Drew

Henry Noegel

Oscar Franklin Allen and Mary Lula Allen

Oscar Franklin Allen and Mary Lula Allen

1922- Charlie Wright

1922- Charlie Wright

188?- Ella Bucki

188?- Ella Bucki

 

 

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